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05/19/14

In disclosing results from tasting room survey, panelists stress importance of revering wine club members and respecting staff

05/19/14

The Napa Valley wine industry has become increasingly reliant on a direct-to-consumer sales model, which requires bringing customers into winery tasting rooms to drink the wines - and drink in the Napa Valley experience - before deciding whether to buy ...

05/19/14

Leaders of the Mishewal Wappo tribe are currently in the process of suing the US in a bid to restore their "federal status", lost under a 1958 statute which affected small tribal groups in California, which would allow the tribe to "pursue economic development", and potentially build the casino, without the need for community approval.

05/19/14

Should the water board move ahead with curtailments in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the people with the newest appropriative rights would be among the first to face cutbacks

05/19/14

While many of the aquifers in Napa Valley have been found to be adequately supplied with moisture, a region east of Napa found known to be groundwater-poor may be closer to getting a 325 million-gallon-a-year lifeline with $1.5 million in new federal funds announced Friday

05/19/14

"Beckstoffer's purchase "is a great signal to the Upvalley to see that downtown Napa is where you need to be. Very few people have as much credibility …. We think it's a great endorsement to others who still don't get what's going on down here."

05/19/14

It is considered a "secret lien." That means other creditors may not be aware of the lien

05/19/14

" ... an employee improperly placed the wine in a plastic bag that ripped"

05/19/14

Constellation is extending its Black Box wine brand with a new California Pinot Noir offering. Retailing at $24.99 a 3-liter box, the new entry joins 10 other varietals offered by Black Box in 3-liter format (the brand also includes five varietal wines in 500-ml. Tetra Paks).

05/19/14

The world's biggest listed winemaker has accused prominent Melbourne lawyer Mark Elliott of pursuing a class-action lawsuit against the company for financial gain

05/19/14

The wine business in Lake County has grown to the point that it needs more of its own support businesses. And wineries in the North Coast's high country may be getting their first public wine warehouse

05/19/14

Growth continues for the spirits industry into 2014, particularly in premium spirits categories. However, consumers also indicate cost is now the primary decision driver when purchasing spirits, according to Technomic's recently-released 2014 SpiritsTAB Report and its DRINK online database.

05/19/14

This letter is in response to Peter Jensen's recent article "Pelosi family wins delay of winery project" on May 8. The consideration of two new winery projects by the Planning Commission brings up once again the impacts that the loosening of tourism-marketing restrictions in the 2010 revision to the Winery Definition Ordinance (WDO) is bringing to the county.

05/19/14

Perhaps the biggest long-term commitment to Texas vineyards was at Lost Draw Vineyards where owner Andy Timmons had purchased four giant wind machines at over $30,000 each to circulate air and prevent cold air settling on his vines

05/19/14

The 32nd Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Streets around the downtown park are being closed today. Expect traffic details in the downtown. Temperatures for the festival are expected to cool down to the high 80s.

05/19/14

Washington State University graduate student Keiko Tuttle believes the communication gap between agriculture and urban youth is one of the biggest problems agriculture faces today. Tuttle, who is working on a project to stop pre-harvest sprouting, wrote an essay that received national attention.

05/19/14

More than 50 protestors who destroyed a field of genetically modified grapevines being trialled in Eastern France have had their convictions quashed, to the annoyance of the country's national research body.

05/19/14

Studies continue to debate polyphenol's benefits; plus, researchers ask whether red wine is to blame for that splitting headache.

05/19/14

Opponents of the change released results of a statewide poll showing strong voter sentiment against changing the current state-run system of selling booze

05/19/14

A heated debate at this year's Masters of Wine symposium pitched scientists against winemakers over the possible use of genetically modified grapevines to combat climate change and disease.

05/19/14

Winemetrics, the leading research company in on-premise wine and spirits distribution information, today revealed an alarming loss of wine placements among casual dining chains

05/19/14

"The consumers are demanding flavors."

05/19/14

Rathfinny Estate in East Sussex has opened the largest purpose built winery in the UK, which aims to produce a million bottles of sparkling wine a year by 2020

05/19/14

No question in my mind that this was a quality wine, and no question that it was a riesling

05/19/14

"Were any of the wines transcendentally great? No. Did I enjoy them? Yes"

05/19/14

Richard Siddle, editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit, was asked by award winning author and journalist, James Steen, to write a tongue in cheek chapter for his new book, The Kitchen Magpie, on "What to know about wine". Which you can read below

05/19/14

Held reminded students they should never give up. "And please, enjoy life every day," he said. "I did."

05/19/14

The entire state of California is suffering from "severe drought" conditions, or worse, for the first time this century, according to the US Drought Monitor.

05/19/14

Half of the country is currently in some state of drought. In California right now, the entire state is in a state of drought. But despite what you may have read, neither of those particular points of data is cause to panic

05/19/14

Unwinding in the pub on a Friday night could be wrecking your health - just four glasses of wine is enough to cause lasting damage, scientist have found

05/19/14

Wine's 'miracle ingredient', resveratrol, has been shown to have no health benefits. But Italians still live longer than us. We visit the Chianti region to ask the locals the secret of their happy, healthy lives